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Daws seeks repeat

Michael Dawson is looking to repeat our fine away performance against AC Milan when we face Real Madrid at the Bernabeu tonight.

Michael Dawson is looking to repeat our fine away performance against AC Milan when we face Real Madrid at the Bernabeu tonight.

We stunned the Italian giants by dictating long periods of play at the San Siro before eventually securing a deserved 1-0 lead in the first leg of our last 16 tie. We completed the job with a goalless draw at the Lane.

Now it's the world-famous Bernabeu and a quarter-final, first leg against Real Madrid, the record nine-times winners of the European Cup.

"Europe is a completely different game (to the Premier League)," said Michael, expected to proudly lead the team out. "We’ve learned from early on, we’ve had some tough nights like Young Boys, Inter Milan.

"We’ve learned from those nights and we know we’ll have to be ready.

"We did that against AC Milan. These teams all have world-class players and you have to go out there, do your job and have a good night. That’s what it’s about, putting on good performances from back to front.

"We’re playing against top-class teams and top-class players but teams will look at us, what we’ve got in the dressing room and fear us as well. It’s about doing our jobs, doing them right and carrying out the game plan."

'Daws' describes this season’s Champions League adventure as the ‘best days’ of his career so far – and he wants plenty more.

The ever-reliable defender missed the group stages through injury but is now making up for lost time.

“The season after I arrived (2005) we just missed out to Arsenal on the Champions League when West Ham beat us but we played in the UEFA Cup and we’ve built on that,” said Michael.

“Last season we achieved what we’d been aiming for (by finishing in the top four) and we’re aiming to do the same this year.

“We know it’s a tough task but the rewards for doing well in the Premier League have been there this season with the experiences we’ve now gained in the Champions League. It’s been brilliant and we all want to do it on a regular basis.

“We’re all excited. I remember before the AC Milan tie that everyone was saying these were going to the biggest games in the club’s history and we did well to get through. Now we face Real Madrid.

“It will be a fantastic occasion but we’ll go there knowing that we’ve got to do the same job that we did at AC Milan and that’s to make sure we’re still in the game in the second leg at White Hart Lane.”